BALTIMORE, Md. - The Red Foxes got back on the winning track in MAAC play Sunday afternoon in Baltimore as Marist (10-5, 5-1 MAAC) earned a 1-0 overtime victory over Loyola (5-10, 3-2 MAAC). In a hard-fought game that saw Marist control most offensive categories, it took a "Sportscenter Top 10" worthy play that ended with an Amanda Epstein (Jericho, N.Y.) header to clinch the win in the 94th minute.
The first half consisted of offensively-charged back and forth play as both squads looked early and often to put the first goal on the board. In the first 6 minutes alone, each team had two shots and one on goal respectively.
During a 73 second span of play between 23:32 and 24:45, the duo of Rycke Guiney (Naperville, Ill.) and Epstein peppered Loyola's defense and goalkeeper with three shots; two on goal and one blocked.
The half closed with more free-flowing offense as the team's exchanged four quality scoring opportunities. Loyola's Gianna Mangione tested Marist's goalkeeper junior Caitlin Landsman (Burke, Va.) in the 33rd and 44th minutes. Landsman's saves surrounded a Kylee McIntosh (Cheshire, Conn.) shot that rang off of the post and a Jaclynn Sabia (Wayne, N.J.) shot that was denied by Loyola's goalkeeper Didi Haracic.
At the half, Marist had an 8-7 lead in shots and a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Play became more physical in the second 45 and hence the offensive opportunities decreased quite drastically. The Red Foxes took a total of four shots and held the Greyhounds out of the shooting column. Sabia had both of the best two chances, as she put both of her attempts on goal.
Faced with a 0-0 score after 90 minutes of regulation action, Marist came out and made sure they'd be rewarded for their hard work in the win column. In what would be the final 90 seconds of play, the Red Foxes took three shots and earned two corner kicks.
The game-winning scoring possession began with Guiney in control of the ball. After a few dribbles, the sophomore midfielder lofted a high cross deep into Loyola's box, where Samantha Panzner (Livingston, N.J.) received the pass and quickly bicycle kicked the ball over her and the goalkeeper's head to a waiting Epstein, who headed the ball into the back of the net for the 1-0 victory at 93:43.
This was Epstein's eighth goal of the season and sixth game-winner.
With her four first half saves, Landsman earned her fifth win and third shutout of 2011. Haracic was credited with nine saves in a losing effort.
For the game, the Red Foxes outshot the Greyhounds 15-8 and 9-4 in the shots on net category.
The Red Foxes will next be in action on Friday, Oct. 21 when they host Niagara in a 7 p.m. matchup.
Friday will also mark Marist Women's Soccer's Alumnae Day and Game. Festivities for past Marist players will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a game and continue with a 6 p.m. reception before the Marist-Niagara matchup.